2 California schools could not participate in National Walkout Day because they were on lockdown

Sign of the times.

Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018 in New York to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed.

Students across the US walked out of classes on March 14, in a nationwide call for action against gun violence following the shooting deaths last month at a Florida high school. The nationwide protest is being held one month to the day after Nikolas Cruz, a troubled 19-year-old former student at Stoneman Douglas, unleashed a hail of gunfire on his former classmates.
 / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY        (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Students from Harvest Collegiate High School form a circle around the fountain in Washington Square Park on March 14, 2018 in New York to take part in a national walkout to protest gun violence, one month after the shooting in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed. Students across the US walked out of classes on March 14, in a nationwide call for action against gun violence following the shooting deaths last month at a Florida high school. The nationwide protest is being held one month to the day after Nikolas Cruz, a troubled 19-year-old former student at Stoneman Douglas, unleashed a hail of gunfire on his former classmates. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Students from San Leandro High School in San Leandro, California and Righetti High School in Santa Maria, California were unable to participate in the nationwide school walkouts to protest gun violence due to lockdowns at their respective schools.

According to a representative for the Santa Maria Joint Unified High School District Righetti High School was put on lockdown after several students reported they received an anonymous text warning that “there is a weapon on campus.”

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Police investigated the threat on campus just as the planned school walkout was slated to begin.

At San Leandro High School, police investigating threatening graffiti put the school on lockdown, preventing any students from demonstrating.

Students across the nation protested gun violence on Wednesday by walking out of their schools for a 17-minute demonstration. That 17 minutes represents the 17 people who died in a February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Students left their schools and universities at 10 a.m. in their local time zones as part of the National School Walkout organized by the Women’s March Youth Empower group.

An estimated 2,500 schools planned walkouts for Wednesday afternoon.

A nationwide march against gun violence is planned for March 24.